University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

DEVT 2101 - Empowerment & Development: Community & Gender

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Incompatible: DEVT 2001 or DEVT 3001 & ANTH 2021 or ANTH 3021
Assessment: Quiz 20%, Poster 30%, Workshop participation 10%, Report 40%

This course investigates crucial interconnections between gender, community and development, examining the ways in which community participation and gender influence development policies, processes and programs; and the extent to which development, gender relations and hierarchies, and communities may be transformed in the process. It examines key concepts and theoretical frameworks of development with a particular focus on the intersection of development terms such as community, participation, sustainability, gender, equality & empowerment, in light of current issues in development discourse and critical analysis of development practice and policy. These include the use of key concepts and ideals such as empowerment, gender equality, sustainable development, as well as central issues in development practice and policy such as the interaction between poverty and gender, the empowerment of women through work and microfinance/credit, the proposed empowerment of communities (and countries) through the ‘girl effect’, the complexities of corporate community development, the practice of tourism (volunteer/cultural) as sustainable community development, the issue of gender violence, legislation and human rights at the level of local communities, and an analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals from the standpoint of gender and the community. The course takes an actor-oriented perspective, grounding applied practices in macro-economic, historical and socio-political contexts of local people's development experiences. It privileges the ways in which development beneficiaries perceive, understand and feel about the imposition of development and culture change and to what extent they can gain knowledge and/or power over this process through the analysis of several community-based case studies. The course also looks at some of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are needed to seek practical solutions in these settings, exploring various participatory field methods concerned with generating shared information, ensuring community empowerment and participation and in eliciting community/ local views.

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Postgraduate Coursework
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 09/08/2021 Wed 18/08/2021 Fri 17/09/2021 Fri 29/10/2021

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
28606 LEC0 70 28 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.
Note: This lecture is pre-recorded and can be viewed any time after publication in MyUni. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21892 WR02 35 24 27 Jul - 14 Sep Tuesday 10am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
5 Oct - 26 Oct Tuesday 10am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
21893 WR01 35 4 28 Jul - 15 Sep Wednesday 3pm - 5pm Lower Napier, LG28, Lecture Theatre
6 Oct - 27 Oct Wednesday 3pm - 5pm Lower Napier, LG28, Lecture Theatre